Pat Bradley

North Country Bureau Chief

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Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline project map
Vermont Public Service Board

Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to an independent review of a pipeline project to address allegations of safety shortcuts.

Following hours of debate, the Vermont House gave final approval to a package of gun ownership restrictions Tuesday night.

This week, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation of North Country officials to Ottawa, Canada to discuss economic development ties. Following her meetings with Canadian officials, the 21st District Republican spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley about a variety of federal issues. The Republican recently invited President Trump to visit Fort Drum, a large military base in her district. But Stefanik reports there’s been no response yet from the White House.

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik with North Country delegation and Canadian dignitaries in Ottawa
Office of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik

New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led a delegation from the North Country to Ottawa, Canada Monday to discuss cross-border economic concerns.


The Burlington, Vermont City Council approved a resolution Monday night on the controversial plan to base F-35s in the city. The council voted to forward the Town Meeting Day ballot item requesting the Air Force cancel the basing of fighter jets at the Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport.

Emerald Ash Borer
courtesy NYS DEC

An invasive pest that's killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America has been found in three more Vermont towns since it was first discovered in the state last month.

Vermont legislation that would make it easier to take guns from suicidal people and perpetrators of domestic violence could reach the governor's desk by the end of the week.

Burlington City Hall Park
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Officials in Burlington, Vermont have unanimously approved a plan to remove trees in decline at the downtown park.

Vermont is now the only state to have never sent a woman to Congress.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales, Australia was in Plattsburgh today meeting with local officials and touring facilities that have benefitted from Regional Economic Development Council funding.

Assemblyman D. Billy Jones
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones

The New York state Legislature is nearing the April 1st deadline to complete its budget. North Country Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, a 115th District Democrat who represents Clinton, Franklin and part of St. Lawrence counties talks about the ongoing negotiations in the Assembly.

Picture of solar panels
wikipedia commons

The town of Bennington has reached an agreement with a developer to put up buffer zones to shield a 2.2-megawatt solar installation from the view of nearby businesses.

cell tower
Justin Smith/Wikimedia

Vermont state officials say they are working as hard as they can to replace cellphone service, including the ability to call 911 from a mobile phone, which is likely to be lost soon in some rural areas of the state.

A Vermont National Guard spokesman says the last of five soldiers hospitalized after being caught in an avalanche during a training exercise has been released from the hospital.

Woodruff Hall at Castleton University
Jared C. Benedict/Redjar - Wikimedia Commons

The Castleton Polling Institute, the only independent polling center in Vermont, will cease operations as Castleton University restructures the campus budget.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos
photo provided

Vermont’s Secretary of State appeared before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday to discuss election cyber security.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for nearly 65,000 acres of land.  The move finalizes the creation of one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern U.S.

Hubbard Park Observation Tower in Montpelier, Vermont
Niranjan Arminius/Wikimedia

A number of sites in the Vermont capital of Montpelier have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including Hubbard Park's Observation Tower.

A judge has ruled that a Vermont teen accused of planning a massacre at his former high school will stay in jail pending his trial.

Boreas Pond tract
Nature Conservancy

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved the Adirondack Park Agency’s classifications for the state’s most recent land acquisitions in the Adirondacks.

Inequality In America slate
Senator Bernie Sanders/Facebook

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders moderated a town hall on Inequality in America Monday evening.  He brought together outspoken advocates to discuss what they see as the decline of the middle class and risks of an oligarchy, and offer potential solutions.

James Ehlers
James Ehlers for Vermont/Facebook

Lake Champlain International Executive Director James Ehlers is known in Vermont for his outspoken environmental advocacy especially when it comes to the state’s waters.  He has never held elective office but last July announced he would challenge first-term Republican Governor Phil Scott.  Ehlers, a Democrat, says he entered the race because he feels the people’s voice is missing from the governor’s office.

The U.S. Border Patrol says a North Carolina woman is facing a charge she was transporting people into the United States who didn't have permission to be in the country.

John Hall/Vermont Fish and Wildlife

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says deer hunters took 13 percent more deer during last fall's hunting seasons than the average of the previous three years.

Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Two weeks ago, Adirondack interests raised concerns about an item Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget that would shift how New York pays property taxes to local communities on lands it owns in the Adirondacks.  Now, a “Forever Taxable” Coalition has been formed to oppose a Payment in Lieu of Taxes system in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

The man accused of driving the wrong way and causing an interstate crash in Vermont that killed five teenagers in 2016 is planning an insanity defense.


Vermont will receive $28 million to settle a long-running dispute with tobacco companies and will spend half that money to combat opioid addiction.

Vermont Inspection Station sign
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles/Facebook

Car inspection rules in Vermont could get a little laxer as the state considers making some repairs that are recommended but not required.

Councilor Mike Kelly (in striped vest) leads meeting of the Plattsburgh Common Council Finance and Budget Committee on 3/15/18
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Plattsburgh Common Council’s Finance and Budget Committee provided an overview of the city’s finances and an update on its five-year budget plan during its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Plattsburgh City Council considers cryptocurrency moratorium
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Common Council chambers were packed Thursday evening as Plattsburgh leaders considered a moratorium on new cryptocurrency operations in the northern New York city.